Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Albanian System of Human Rights Protection and Anti-Discrimination (2017 – 2018)

The project entitled ‘Enhancing the effectiveness of the Albanian system of human rights protection and anti-discrimination’, a joint initiative between the European Union and the Council of Europe, aims at contributing to better protection of human rights and prevention of discrimination in Albania. In the framework of this project, IDRA Research & Consulting contracted by CoE and EU to conduct a nation-wide survey (Pre and Post Awareness Survey) and aims to determine main trends and ground of discrimination, level of public awareness, about discrimination, and existing protection mechanism and procedures in Albania.  

IDRA has conducted two waves of a data collection on the level of public awareness of the Albanian population towards discrimination and the anti-discrimination bodies. The collected data and findings of the first round (Baseline Survey), amongst others, has served as a basis for the design of the upcoming public awareness campaign that will be targeted to the specific groups being subject to discrimination. Furthermore, the second wave of data collection will help to measure the impact of the campaign.

The survey has intended to provide quantitative evidence regarding the nature of discrimination in Albania for specific target groups and in different dimensions of life and being representative of the Albanian population respecting the age, sex and urban/rural distribution of the population at national level. Under the project, the capacities of the Human Rights (HR) and Anti-Discrimination (AD) bodies will be strengthened and their mode of coordination improved to effectively and efficiently implement and monitor anti-discrimination legislation and policies. In addition, the awareness of the general public and specific target groups on the key aspects of anti-discrimination policy will be increased.

The project aims at achieving the following results:

  • Improved coordination of the Human Rights and Anti-discrimination bodies and policies;
  • Strengthened administrative/professional capacities and efficiency of the Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination (CPD) and the People’s Advocate to effectively implement and monitor anti-discrimination law and policies;
  • Increased level of awareness of the general public and specific target groups on the key aspects of anti-discrimination policy.

It is anticipated that the results of the survey would support the availability of country-specific quantitative data regarding the nature and main trends of discrimination for specific target groups and the public at large, for informed decision making. Moreover, the results of the survey will provide a basis for public advocacy efforts towards increased awareness of the discrimination problems and institutional mechanisms for the protection from discriminatory practices, along with well-versed administration of the nation-wide awareness raising campaign.